STURGIS | Bear Butte Gardens will join other farms from around the country for National CSA Sign-Up Day on Feb. 28.
The day encourages food consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.
To encourage local food fans to buy in on National CSA Sign-Up Day, BEAR BUTTE GARDENS is offering a one-day $25 discount.
“Buying in to a CSA share with a local producer is simply a win/win situation for the consumer---you get to know your local producer, eat fresh and nutritious vegetables which are grown locally, and feel good about supporting your local economy” states Michelle Grosek, owner of Bear Butte Gardens.
“Sign-up is easy,” says Grosek. “To learn more and to join us for the 2015 season, you can reach us at www.BearButteGardens.com or call 605-490-2919 and payment can be made in person, by mail, or over the phone via cash, check, or debit/credit card.
CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 6,000 farms across the country. To join a CSA, members buy a share of the harvest in the Winter and Spring and then get a box of local produce each week throughout the growing season.
“CSAs are the most authentic connection between a farmer and eater available. CSA members get the freshest, high quality, seasonal local produce, but they also get a direct connection to their farmer. This model is economically important to farmers, especially small and beginning farmers, because they can grow with confidence knowing that they have a market for their produce ahead of time.”, says Simon Huntley from Small Farm Central, a technology company that works with CSA farms across the country, and the creator of National CSA Sign-up Day.
February 28th was chosen as National CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important because farmers are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now and the CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs with costly credit.
To learn more about National CSA Sign-Up Day and the CSA model, visit www.csasignupday.com.
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20445 HWY 79, STURGIS SD 57785